10 Handy Countertop Compost Bins

These miniature compost bins for food scraps fit on counters, tabletops and underneath cabinets.

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March 18, 2019

Photo By: Cliff Fiess

Norpro Kitchen Composter

This stainless steel bin from Norpro measures 11.5 inches tall and holds up to 1.5 gallons of coffee grounds, eggshells, green trimmings and fruit and vegetable peels. The lid contains a disposable charcoal filter that prevents odors for up to six months, depending on the heat and humidity in your kitchen.

Buy It: Amazon, $56.01

Bamboo Kitchen Composter

The beautiful real bamboo exterior of this bin will accent any countertop. The smooth, plastic inner-liner creates the perfect digestion chamber to facilitate composting and lets you recycle organic left overs from meals. Odors are non-existent thanks to the included charcoal filter (refillable). The bin can hold 4.5 quarts and measures 7 inches wide and 11 inches tall.

Buy It: Wayfair, $39.95

EcoCrock Compost Bin

A replaceable charcoal filter is underneath the lid of this cute EcoCrock bin; holes provide airflow to help materials break down faster. Made of white ceramic on the outside, there’s a green plastic bucket on the inside. Use the stainless steel handle on the inner bucket when you’re ready to dump it. The bin holds about 3.5 quarts and comes with two filters.

Buy It: Amazon, $39.99

Brushed Stainless Steel Compost Pail

Collect up to a gallon of scraps in this sleek, modern-looking pail from Gardener's Supply Company. The brushed stainless steel exterior helps conceal smudges, while the interior won’t absorb the odors of onions, garlic and other strong-smelling foods. Rinse it clean, or pop the pail in your dishwasher; it’s only 7.25" in diameter and 7" high. For even faster cleanup, choose the model that comes with 25 biodegradable BioBag liners.

Buy It: Gardeners Supply, $29.95

Living Composter

This is probably not what you'd picture when hearing the words "worm farm," but this sleek container made from recycled plastic and cork not only holds food scraps; it's also designed to make the ideal living situation for a family of worms (who aren't included) so you can easily create your own compost at home. Uncommon Goods claims it's odorless, which should help with the initial "yuck" factor of housing a worm farm in your house.

Buy It: Uncommon Goods, $199.00

Retro-Style Compost Bin

If your kitchen has a midcentury vibe and you want your compost bin to blend in, this top-rated pick is a great option. The close-fitting lid with bolted-in handle and tight-fitting charcoal filter will keep in the smell, prevent bacteria and detract flies.

Buy It: Amazon, $36.99

Good Grips Compost Bin

This stylish, 12 cup-capacity bin from OXO has a small footprint, so it doesn’t take up much space on a countertop or under a sink. Made of sturdy plastic in either white or gray, it has a smooth, seamless, green interior and a removable lid, so it’s easy to clean in the dishwasher. Although there’s no filter, odor shouldn’t be a problem as long as you empty the bin often. A rotating handle makes it convenient to carry outside.

Buy It: Amazon, $19.99

Basic Bamboo Pail

This simple, gallon-sized bamboo pail has a removable liner that's dishwasher-safe. A set of charcoal filters in the lid helps to contain odors and the handle makes carrying simple.

Buy It: The Container Store, $29.99 (Originally $39.99)

Bamboozle Food Composter

If you want a sleek and unassuming bin for your countertop, look no further than this one from Bamboozle, available in graphite and white. The bin also comes with two dishwasher-safe odor filters.

Buy It: Amazon, $50

Antique-Style Compost Bucket

Durable and aesthetically pleasing, this bin features metal construction and screen-printed block lettering, mimicking antique enamelware. The removable plastic bucket makes for easy emptying and cleaning, and the airtight seal on the lid helps deter odors.

Buy It: Wayfair, 36.99

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